A shopkeeper has been rushed to hospital after he had acid hurled in his face during an attempted robbery at his store.
The man was targeted by two thugs at the cash-and-carry in Barking, east London, this afternoon, police say.
After their attack, the two men fled in a metallic-coloured car.
Detectives say the shopkeeper needed treatment after inhaling fumes from what was thought to be acid.
Police have now launched a manhunt for the pair.
One has been described as black, in his 40s, wearing a dark woolly hat, navy trousers, a dark long-sleeved top, black trainers and gloves.
The other was black, also in his 40s, clad in a dark cap, sunglasses, a navy blue jacket, dark trousers, trainers and gloves.
A spokesman for the Met Police said: “Police were called to reports of an altercation at a commercial premises on Creek Road, Barking at approximately 1pm on Friday, 10 November.
“They discovered a male who appeared to have suffered the effects of inhaling fumes, believed to have been caused by acid being thrown.
“The man was taken to an east London hospital. We await an update on his condition.
CCTV shows man spray acid into mouth of London shop worker
“It is believed two men entered the commercial premises in an attempted to commit a robbery.
“It is believed they threw the acid substance at the victim’s face in the premises, before making off in a metallic coloured vehicle.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.